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Charlestown woman runs 24 hours to help USA win world title

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Courtesy: Traci Falbo's Facebook page Courtesy: Traci Falbo's Facebook page
Courtesy: Traci Falbo's Facebook page Courtesy: Traci Falbo's Facebook page

You can call her crazy, or determined, but a Charlestown, Indiana woman came home a champion tonight after running more than 142 miles in the 24-hour world running championship.

Traci Falbo returned home from a trip to the Netherlands exhausted. She had just run 24-hours straight, and traveled for about the same amount of time. But probably the most amazing part of her story is the journey that got her to the gold medal.

10 years ago, Falbo was far from a marathon runner.

"I was depressed and unhappy and I weighed 213 pounds." 80 pounds overweight, Traci turned to an old college pastime: running. From there, all it took was a pair of running shoes and a group of dedicated "running buddies" to change her life around. 

"She joined my running group ten years ago just out of the blue, and she probably couldn't run four or five miles at the time," says Tom Coulter.

But this past weekend, thousands of miles away, she ran over 142 miles.

As a member of team USA's Ultra marathon team, Traci is returning from the Netherlands where she competed in the 24-hour running world championship.

"You basically run for 24 hours straight and see how many miles you can accrue."

The woman from southern Indiana placed 4th out the women, and helped her country win 1st. Going from novice to pro with help from a support group of runners.

"One of my best running friends decided to try a 100 miler and I thought, sure that sounds crazy but why not."

In ten years, accomplishing more than she ever imagined. And now, a world title.

"I don't even think a year ago she knew 24-hour runs existed and now she has done two of them and she has represented the United States and helped them bring home the gold medal," said friend Brenda Gutmann.

Traci now ranks 6th overall in the U.S. for 24-hour female marathon runners.

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